‘Issue of inclusivity for women in sports a global problem’


Mayi Cruz Blanco, the co-founder a chairperson of the Sports Equity+ International, says the issue of inclusivity for women in sports is a global problem that needs addressing.

Blanco although admits that the opportunity for women to participate in sports has grown over the past few decades, there is still a disproportionate underrepresentation of women at senior leadership positions in global sports.

“Diversity and inclusion are a crucial challenge for the sports industry to tackle, with gender equality being one of them,” she said.

“The potential of football on the African continent is immense. I have personally witnessed this after working closely with many associations and the contribution of women can be paramount to bring new perspectives across football leadership.”

Blanco believes there is much work that can be done, and it is through partnerships like the one with Cosafa that we will start to see real, tangible change in sport.

“It has been a true team effort to work with Cosafa and its Women’s Task Force to design a programme that addresses the needs of women in the Southern Region of Africa.”

It is estimated that fewer than 20 per cent of chief executive positions in sports are filled by women globally. At chairperson or president level, this number falls well under 10 per cent.

The Cosafa Women’s Leadership Programme is a tangible example of trying to change that.

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By FARPost Reporter

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